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Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Kaufmann - Portable Nietzsche

A book that comes highly recommended as a 'first book' to read on the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

I don't have much on Nietzsche on the site yet except for some quotes on this page.


Brian Hammond writes:

"The Portable Nietzsche" is a great book. I highly recommend all the books in the portable series (there are also books like the portable Darwin, Dante, Rabelais, etc.)


Mike Haberman writes:

I enjoyed visiting your pages. You included many interesting things. A good bit of your reading list looks very similar to my own. I have to concur with your choices on the books you've given a thumbs up to. I also was very impressed with Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World. When I read Ayn Rand 20 some odd years ago, she made a big impression on me, and I remember being really moved by Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I also recently read Dawkin's Blind Watchmaker and enjoyed it. Thomas Paine is one of my current reading projects. I recently read Age of Reason.

You included on your list The Portable Nietzsche, which was edited by Walter Kaufmann. I have read a number of works by Nietzsche and think he was definitely a ground breaker in freethinking. However, I have found the works of Walter Kaufmann just as interesting and much more accessible to understanding. Kaufmann was a philosophy professor at Princeton from the late 40's until his death in 1980. In addition to being the major translator of Nietzsche, Kaufmann also wrote a book entitled "Nietzsche, Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist" which I found to be an extremely insightful analysis of Nietzsche's work as it is more understandable than Nietzsche's original works. What I found more fascinating are his books "A Critique of Philosophy and Religion" and "Faith of a Heretic", which I believe to be masterpieces of freethought analysis on religion. The former is readily available, but unfortunately, the latter, which I found to be the best of his works, is out of print. As one who seems interested in such types of reading, you may be interested in someday delving into the works of Kaufmann. [an error occurred while processing this directive]